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A pound cake sliced on a wooden board with strawberries, a red napkin and a second pound cake in the background.
Pound Cake
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
1 hr
Cooling Time
10 mins
Total Time
1 hr 15 mins
A pound cake is traditionally made with a pound of butter, a pound of sugar, a pound of eggs and a pound of flour, but these days we rarely weigh our ingredients. Here's a recipe that uses volume measurements, but keeps the ratio intact so that it's delicious, moist and tender.
Course: Desserts/Sweets
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Vegetarian
Servings: 12
Calories: 610 kcal
Author: The Blue Jean Chef, Meredith Laurence
  • 1 pound unsalted butter 4 sticks, softened so they hold your finger indent
  • 1 pound sugar 2 cups
  • 1 pound eggs 9 eggs, room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 pound All-purpose flour 3 -1/3 cups
  1. Pre-heat the oven to 350ºF and grease two 9-inch x 5-inch loaf pans.
  2. Using a stand mixer or hand mixer, cream the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy. This will take at least 5 minutes, but probably more like 8 minutes.
  3. Add the eggs one at a time, beating well between each addition.
  4. Add the vanilla and salt and mix in.
  5. Add the flour, one cup at a time, and at a reduced speed on the mixer. Mix just to combine and do not over-mix.
  6. Transfer the batter to the greased pans and smooth out the tops.
  7. Bake in the oven for 1 hour, or until a skewer or toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Let the cake cool in the pan for at least 5 to 10 minutes and then invert onto a cooling rack. Serve with a lemon glaze, some berries, a scoop of ice cream or some whipped cream.

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Nutrition Facts
Pound Cake
Amount Per Serving
Calories 610 Calories from Fat 306
% Daily Value*
Fat 34g52%
Saturated Fat 20g100%
Cholesterol 221mg74%
Sodium 252mg11%
Potassium 101mg3%
Carbohydrates 67g22%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 38g42%
Protein 8g16%
Vitamin A 1150IU23%
Calcium 36mg4%
Iron 2.4mg13%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.